Originally Posted by Nightcrawler
Burt, I like this post a lot and you raise really valid points WITHOUT disrespecting or dismissing jones. same day weigh ins WERE harder and would prevent jones from going up to 180 by the time of the fight. his longevity is also very different from someone like greb, along with his activity (no 45 fights a year for jones). doesn't mean he couldn't win, but you have to consider a number of other factors
Yes Roy Jones COULD beat any fighter EVEN weights ,so much raw talent...
But every top fighter COULD beat any GREATER top fighter in a match...
But as a bookmaker makes odds on a fight, a ballgame, a horse race, the odds are formulated by this question " who is the most LIKELY to win " ?
And so with a Harry Greb, an Ezzard Charles, an Archie Moore,etc, men who went
through the furnace of great fighters and prospered over a much longer period...